U-M’s Migration from Box to Dropbox

Deans, directors, and department heads
Ravi Pendse
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Dear colleagues,

I am excited to share that the University of Michigan’s migration from U‑M Box to U‑M Dropbox begins this month and will continue on a rolling basis through the summer and fall. Information and Technology Services (ITS) has been meeting weekly with colleagues in each school, college, and area to develop a seamless migration experience that takes into consideration the needs of those in your unit and across all three campuses and Michigan Medicine.

Three simple things we are asking everyone to do now are to create a U‑M Dropbox account if you have not done so already, consider "spring-cleaning" your U‑M Box account to delete or remove yourself from files you may no longer need, and start to become aware of the differences between how Box and Dropbox function. Faculty and staff will be notified by ITS and their Unit Ambassador when it is their window to use a self‑service tool to migrate the files and folders that belong to them from U‑M Box to U‑M Dropbox.

Additional information about how to prepare for the move and short videos explaining how the migration works, such as the example below, are available on our website.

 Moving from Box to Dropbox. A few things to know.

We expect the migration to go smoothly thanks to the support and leadership of more than 300 Unit Ambassadors across the university and a team of outstanding ITS colleagues under the direction of Bob Jones, executive director of support services. The ITS Service Center also will be available to provide support. The entire team is here to assist you.

Thank you in advance for helping to make the U‑M Box to U‑M Dropbox migration a success. Please reach out to me directly if you have any advice, ideas, or questions as we move forward. I am grateful for your partnership.

Best regards,


Ravi Pendse, PhD
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan